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Thousands more children eligible for free healthy school meals from September

Published Wednesday, 04 July 2012

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Southwark Council is preparing to roll out its free healthy school meals (FHSM) to primary school children in years two, three and four from September 2012.

The extended scheme will mean around 16,000 primary school pupils across Southwark will be able to sign up for free, healthy school dinners in the new school year.

Leaflets are now available from all the borough's primary schools inviting parents to find out more about the programme.

The FHSM programme is already proving popular with parents and children as take up for the reception and year one classes, which were available from September 2011, is currently at 87 per cent.

Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle, cabinet member for children's services, said: "Southwark Council's free healthy school meals policy is our part of our commitment to provide all our primary school children with a nutritious, well balanced meal and I am very pleased that we are now able to invite so many more children to take up the offer.  

"As well as helping to keep our children healthy, the meals encourage them to try new foods and many of the schools actively involve the pupils in choosing menus and growing their own vegetables and fruit.

"The programme also has a number of benefits for parents by putting a little bit of money back in their pockets and freeing up time in the busy mornings that might otherwise be spent on creating a packed lunch."

If you would like more details of how to sign your child up to receive a free healthy school meal, please ask your school for further details.

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